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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-28-2011, 02:10 AM Thread Starter
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My Do!Aqua 25cm Cube

Since school's been out and I have time due to only having a day job, I decided to try to finish one of my tanks. And because I take myself a bit to seriously, I shall dub it "The Light-Beam".

I like forest scapes, so I started with some googleing landscapes a while back and I found two I liked, this one from the state park in nara, japan and the other from no-idea-where-because-I-can't-read-the-japanese(?). The pbase stuff is linked back to her journal and the other one has the website on it, if you want to flip through their stuff; or you could just drop them into google images.

Odaighara, Japan

Definite plant list:
Rotala sp. green
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala sp. mini-butterfly
HM (or the plant formerly known as HM)
Weeping moss

Maybe plant list:
Mini-christmas moss
HC (for the light)

Practical issues:
I was thinking about HC because I didn't want to use ug since the 'trees' in the setup are ~3 inches tall at most, so anything that grows to high will make them look weird. I was also thinking about mini-christmas moss for trees but I can't for the life of me find a good photo of it that shows growth patterns...or relative size.

To make trees, I bought a box of manzanita twigs from plantbrain and got 2 good trees and one very funky looking one out of it. Several superglued and/or siliconed fingers later, voila! Also, my tree muse, especially the frames.

Boring stuff:
Filtration: Ancient aquaclear filter (from the '90s)
Substrate: Mineralized Soil + Quartz mix of sand from my backyard + ancient sifted flourite (also from the '90s)
Lighting: 20 watt CF bulb on desk lamp

I bought used aquasoil, but it's disappeared into my apartment sometime during exam week never to be seen again; Except by some random person who will, years from now, wonder why someone mailed a box of dirt and then throw it away.

...More to come tomorrow
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what kind of wood are you using?

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Any updates? I've been keeping my eye on this thread
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yeah...what's up with this tank? You can't show us a nice teaser pic of the misty forest and leave us hanging! Show us the goods.
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